Rebirth of a river in Israel is captured in amazing footage

April 27, 2017 8:12 pm Last Updated: April 27, 2017 8:12 pm

Since Biblical times, river Zin in Israel’s Negev desert dried out during droughts and flooded again when heavy rains brought water rushing down from the mountains a few miles away.

To watch the flash flood firsthand is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Zin Wadi floods almost every year, but to get there on time in order to see the first wave isn’t a simple task.

Wadi Zin, Israel – January, 2015

Capturing the first wave’s arrival requires spontaneity and plenty of luck. Those who want to experience the rebirth of the river need to keep tabs on the rainfall. Once enough rain is reported, you’d have to take off immediately, even if it’s a work day. A 4×4 vehicle is required to get deep into the desert. Meanwhile you must be ready and well equipped for road blocks that can last several hours, since roads flood very quickly.

There are many ‘luck’ factors in the flash flood’s equation. It’s hard to read the rain radar and understand how heavy the rain will be in the next few hours. Once flooding starts you need to predict how long it will take the water to get the the falls. And even if all things are in your favor, you always hope the flood will happen before dark.

Wadi Zin, Israel – March, 2014
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